Shortte, Peter, Zoe, Stephen and Rijn during Rijn's story about Jackson.

Shortte, Peter, Zoe, Stephen and Rijn during Rijn’s story about Jackson. All photos by Matt Murphy. Thanks, Matt.

Stereo Stories kept the audience smiling, and often quietly laughing, during its 45 minute bracket at the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday 5 July.

After opening with the dark tension of State Trooper we lightened up with Before Too Long, Smokie Dawson’s tale of teenage love and a deal-breaking Paul Kelly song.

Hugh Jones’ humourous story about interviewing Don McLean many years ago included exquisite vocals from Peter Maskell, as he sang snippets of Killing Me Softly and Vincent.

Rijn Collins then took us on a tour of Jackson and surrounding counties while The Stereo Stories Band channelled Johnny Cash and June Carter.

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